Letters of Appreciation

18 Nov 15

Please see link for letters of appreciation received from HRH & Lt Col Beard in regards to the Bermuda Tattoo 2015.

 

16 Jul 15

The following is a letter of appreciation from Linda Rosalik, Acting US Consul General:

Maj Beasley,

On behalf of the U.S. Consulate General and the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, I would like to thank you and Regiment Officers [WO2] Martin Daley and [Sgt] Curtis Grant & [Cpl Chris Matvey] for hosting the morale event for the Eagle Officers and Crew at Horseshoe Bay on July 6th.  I understand that they had a wonderful time.

Your support to the U.S. Consulate and the U.S. Coast Guard is greatly appreciated and we look forward to working with you and your staff again in the future.

 

24 June 2015

The following is a letter of appreciation received by the CO from His Excellency, The Governor of Bermuda, Mr. George Fergusson:

Dear CO,

Thank you for the contribution made by the Bermuda Regiment to this year's Queen's Birthday Party.  The involvement of the Band and the Honorary ADCs contributed a lot to the success of the party.

 

14 November 2014

Please see link for letters of appreciation received from Elliot Primary.

 

23 October 2014

The following is letter of appreciation from Pasor Richard Allen, St George's AME:

Tropical Storm Fay and Hurricane Gonzalo left a great deal of damage in their wake. Much has been, and remains to be, done in order to put our community back on its feet. 

 

The congregation of Richard Allen A.M.E. Church wishes to express their appreciation for your role in mending Bermuda. Several of our members warmly commented on the assistance given during their times of cri sis and the help they have received from various agencies in recovering from the effects of these storms.

 

Please share our gratitude and compliments with those who put in the long, sometimes hazardous hours away from their own families in order to help us.  

Again, thank you very much for your work

 

20 October 2014

The following is a letter of appreciation from the Colonel-in-Chief, HRH The Duchess of Gloucester:

I have followed the progress of Hurricane Gonzalo with concern and am very relieved that the results weren't more serious. I am very much aware that the Regiment has done a superb job in getting Bermuda back to normal business so quickly and that very many of its personnel have now been working on clearing up, from Gonzalo and from Tropical Storm Fay, for what is now a long time.

I am conscious that personnel have been doing this work for the wider community when the demands of clearing up and repairing their own family homes will often have been on their minds. The Regiment's contribution to getting the airport open so quickly has clearly been particularly important.  You have obviously worked very effectively with not only your counterparts from other Bermuda organisations but also with the shore parties from HMS Argyll. I would like to pass on my thanks and congratulations on the Regiment's good work and great effort.

 

20 October 2014

The following is a letter of appreciation received by the Commanding Officer via email in regards to assistance provided during post Hurricane Gonzalo clean-up:

I was asked to contact you in order to pass on extreme appreciation to Mr. Burchall and the accompanying soldiers who assisted Mr. Fox and Mr. Souza in St. David's after hurricane Gonzalo. 

Their uplifting attitude and willingness and eagerness to work helped to alleviate the pressure the home owner was under from the collapse of his house.  He is very grateful. 

Also, I'd like to thank the Regiment too for clearing the roads, etc.

From what I understand they were up at 4 am right after the major part of the hurricane had passed and worked to the end of the day.

This morning I happened to drive into your grounds in Southampton and they were all so friendly and smiling at me.  Great attitude considering the amount of physical labour they've done the past 5 days.  

I know they won't get the recognition deserved, nor will we know the extent of what they have done quietly, but Bermuda is fortunate to have them.

14 October 2014

The following is a letter of appreciation received by the Second in Command via email from Denika Minors, Compensation Section, Account General's Department:

Good Morning,   

I just want to say a BIG Thank to Your team at the regiment who assisted me yesterday and today  in keeping me well informed and was able to cut down the trees that were blocking my neighbors today.   

 

Your customer service was and is most appreciated.  Please can you pass this message along as I’m not sure to whom I was speaking to I believe two the persons was Mr.[Sgt] Grant & Mr.[Maj] Beasley there were also a couple of others as well my apologies for not getting their names but thank you!!!!  

6 June 2013

The following is a letter received by the Commanding Officer from Rochelle Christopher-Mobray, Vice Chair of the Disaster Management Committee:

The 2013 Mass Casualty Training workshop was successfully completed by all 23 of the 23 participants. In addition to the large general field response on Sunday morning, all objectives were achieved. 

On behalf of the Disaster Management Response Committee, I would like to take this opportunity to extend warm thanks to you for your assistance in this recently held Mass Casualty Management Course May 27th – June 1st, 2013. The facilities and equipment provided by you really helped us.  

I would also like to especially thank you for the use of the facility for the overnight exercise on Saturday night and for the accommodation of our PAHO instructor Peter Burgess.

Dr. Bascombe-Adams and I look forward to working with you again in future endeavors.  We anticipate that this course will be repeated next year during the last week of May and tentative dates are May 26th – June 1st, 2014. I would like to request that you reserve these dates for us and truly hope you will find it possible to help again in one capacity or another, as well as to enroll your officers in the course.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Once again, thanks for your time, presence, commitment, dedication and assistance. We know you didn't have to, but you did!

 

15 March 2013

The following is a letter of appreciation from W. Bro Chris Brown, Worshipful Master received by the Commanding Officer: 

You were kind enough to donate prizes for the Quiz Night held on 9th February 2013 at Docksider's Pub on Front Street. The purpose of the event was to raise funds to help with the education of the daughter, Katherine, of the late Major Chris Wheddon.

You may be aware that the event was an outstanding success and we were able to raise about $20,000. We are pleased that the total now raised is over $30,000.

On behalf of everyone involved and the members of this Lodge we would like to thank you and The Bermuda Regiment for the very generous donation which had a very significant influence on the success of the evening.

Your support and the support of The Bermuda Regiment was very much appreciated.

28 February 2013

The following is a letter of appreciation from Mary Doughty, wife of the late Allan Doughty (War Vet) received by the Commanding Officer:  

I am writing to you a brief thank you for sending a Bugler to play the Last Post and Reveille at my husband’s Allan’s recent funeral.   

Allan served in the BVRC from his first eligibility in 1940 until demobilization in 1946.  

He never regretted volunteering and remained a staunch supporter of the local forces for the remainder of his life.  He appreciated the discipline that army life embedded within him and maintaining that it was one of the key factors in the success of his subsequent career.

 

2 January 2013

The following is a letter of appreciation received by the Commanding Officer from Mrs Angela Spenser: 

I Angela Spenser (the wife of the late Dereck Spenser) would like to thank the Bermuda Regiment for helping to look for my husband, thank you so much I will always remember what you all did to help me get closure at this point in time and knowing we will see our loved ones in paradise.

 

26 November 2012

The following is a letter of appreciation received by the Commanding Officer from Mrs Kimberley Jackson from Mirrors:

Dear Lt. Col. Gonsalves,

On behalf of The Mirrors Programme,I would like to thank you and your organization for the use of the Warwick Camp site for our November Residential.

The Mirrors Programme is committed to the success of youth. Our aim is to connect them to the opportunities, supports and community events that can lead them to success, allowing them to participate as productive citizens of our community. With the help from supporters such as you, we will strengthen our youth, families and community at large.

Once again, thank you for your generous support of our efforts, it is sincerely appreciated.

 

8 October 2012

The following is a letter of appreciation received by the Training Officer from the Lucia Peniston, Tax Commissioner:

Everyone is still bubbling this morning with stories from Friday. GREAT day. We all had a fabulous time despite the weather which is a great testament to the team and their enthusiasm. Great teamwork and a big boost to staff morale. 

Thanks so much to you and your team for making the day work. 

 

11 July 2012

The following is a letter of appreciation received from the Commissioner of Police, Mr Michael DeSilva CPM, FCMI:

I would like to take the opportunity to express my appreciation to you and several groups of your full time personnel for work performed at Paget Island for the Queen's Jubilee Trust and Outward Bound Bermuda (OBB).

The invaluable assistance provided by your members over the two week period was of tremendous help to OBB as it is unlikely that many of the tasks would have been completed without this support.

On behalf of myself and the Senior Command of the Bermuda Police Service, please convey our sincere appreciation to those participating members for all their hard work.  Our agencies have developed a close professional relationship and the support that has been provided over the years is truly appreciated.

 

12 July 2012

The following is a letter of appreciation received by the Commanding Officer from Major General Anderson, Chief of Defence Staff, Jamaica Defence Force:

"The Jamaica Military Tattoo was staged over the period 28 June to 01 July at the JDF Polo Grounds in Up Park Camp, Kingston, Jamaica, and from all accounts was a resounding success.

The participation of the Bermuda Regiment Band in the Tattoo added to the richness and diversity of the event.  The camaraderie and enthusiasm displayed by your troops made them great ambassadors for the Bermuda Regiment.  Your support and partnership in our Tattoo will only serve to strengthen the relationship between the JDF and the Bermuda Regiment and we look forward to other opportunities for collaboration.

Thank you for your support and participation in the celebration of our 50th Anniversary, the success of which would not have been the same without you"

 

12 July 2012

The following is a letter of appreciation received by the Commanding Officer from Kenneth J Heselwood: 

"I am British with dual Belgian nationality, born and raised in Belgium.  Father was a veteran of World War II in the Royal Army Service Corps (Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Italy).  He died when I was seven.  Mother is Belgian.  I am now sixty five and retired Chief Inspector after thirty-five years with the Brussels District Police. 

I am very interested by the Bermuda Regiment.  Congratulations for your military career and great work as Commanding Officer. 

I was very touched by the marks of affection of the people of Bermuda to Her Majesty the Queen on the great occasion of Her Diamond Jubilee. 

Allow me to wish you and your staff all the best for the future."

 

10 July 2012

The following is a letter of appreciation received by the Commanding Officer from Michael J DeCouto, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Capital G Limited: 

"The Marketing team at Capital G Limited would like to commend the volunteer members of the Bermuda Regiment Cadet Corps for their valuable assistance in controlling the flow of traffic to and from the car park areas throughout the duration of the 24th Annual Capital G Iron Kids Triathlon held at Clearwater Beach in St David's on Saturday, June 16th

On this day, when 300 children ages 3-14 years swim, bike and run against the clock, it is vital for the event staff to have support of a body of knowledgeable and experienced volunteers to carry out traffic control to the parking areas.  The safety of young competitors was insured by their presence, and we are most grateful for their support. 

We trust that the 8 hours the members of the Cadet Corps worked at Iron Kids 2012 may be counted in their favor on their regimental record"

 

12 June 2012

The following is a letter of appreciation received by the Commanding Officer from Rochelle Christopher-Mobray, Vice-Chair of the Disaster Management Response Committee:

"The 2012 Mass Casualty Training workshop was successfully completed by all 19 participants. In addition to the large general field response on Sunday morning, all objectives were achieved. 

On behalf of the Disaster Management Response Committee, I would like to take this opportunity to extend warm thanks to you for your assistance in this recently held Mass Casualty Management Course May 28th – June 3rd, 2012. The facilities and equipment provided by you really helped us.  

I would also like to especially thank you for the use of the facility for the overnight exercise on Saturday night and for the accommodation of our PAHO instructor Peter Burgess.

Dr. Bascombe-Adams and I look forward to working with you again in future endeavours.

Once again, thanks for your time, presence, commitment, dedication and assistance. We know you didn't have to, but you did!

Yours in preparedness"

 

25 May 2012

The following is a letter of appreciation received by the Commanding Officer from Mr Calvin Simons, Senior Sports Development Officer of the Department of Youth, Sport and Recreation: 

"On behalf of the Department of Youth, Sport and Recreation, I would personally like to thank you for the use of the Regiment's cots. The St John Ambulance Brigade who required the cots, really appreciate having them at the park to assist many of the runners that experience difficulty during the Marathon derby race. 

In addition, I would also like to thank you for allowing ten (10) of your regiment personnel to assist with traffic and crowd control during the event. Their presence at the park provided a safe and secure environment for both runners and spectators. 

Once again thank you for your continuous support."

 

5 May 2012

The following is a letter of appreciation received by the Commanding Officer from Nicola Feldman of the Coalition for the Protection of Children:

"On behalf of The Coalition for the Protection of Children, we would like to thank you for the generous donation given by The Bermuda Regiment towards our Breakfast for Every Child and Food Aid program.

The money donated will help to purchase the milk, juice, fruit, cereal, granola bars and yogurts needed to serve breakfasts in our school programs as well as additional non-perishables for parents in need who come to our offices for support. The need for the continuation of food aid is increasingly clear as record numbers of low ­income families continue to seek our assistance and are finding it more and more difficult to provide for their families basic needs.

Thanks to you, we can continue in our efforts to help Bermuda's most vulnerable families. Please convey our heartfelt thanks to your colleagues and committee members."

 

3 May 2012

The following is a letter of appreciation was received by the Commanding Officer from Mr David Arkley, Deputy Governor of Bermuda:

"Thank you for the contribution made by the Bermuda Regiment to this year's Queen's Birthday Party.  The Regimental Band performed well, the Honorary ADCs were excellent and. as always, we are grateful for the loan of various items, all of which contributed to the success of the party."

 

31 October 2011

The following letter of appreciation was received by the Commanding Officer from Brian Frick, Safety Officer for the Round the Sound Committee:

On behalf of the Round the Sound Committee, I once again write to express our sincere thanks to The Bermuda Regiment for the assistance of Boat Troop during our recent charity swim. This year we hosted a field of 286 entrants, including a record 156 overseas swimmers visiting for the event.

I am pleased to note that the race concluded safely, and we are grateful for the invaluable assistance of the members of Boat Troop, who maintained continuous patrols for the entire day. Once again, their professional demeanor and obvious competence greatly impressed both our local and visiting swimmers, in addition to being a significant comfort to our event organizers and volunteers.

This year we had requested that the OC of Boat Troop, WO2 Patterson, act as Event Safety Co-­ordinator on the day and his assistance in the lead up to the swim, as well as directing the execution of our safety plan, led to a significant improvement of our safety capabilities. Sgt. Major Patterson was kind enough to attend several of our Committee meetings and offered invaluable insight on how we could improve our safety operations, in addition to offering suggestions for following years. On the day he directed our on-water resources efficiently and professionally and was an integral part of our Race Committee. We are grateful for his support and hard work.

 Again, we thank you for your assistance with this event and hope that we may be able to work with Boat Troop during next year's race.

 

24 October 2011

The following letter of appreciation was received by the Commanding Officer from the Jane Biebly Special Projects Coordinator for the Bermuda Girl Guides on 24 Oct 11:

"I am writing to express sincere thanks to you for allowing the Girl Guide Association to have the use of the Regiment china for a tea party event which took place on Saturday October 1st.

The Event was a great success and the china was perfect for the function with every place setting being used. We greatly appreciate your kindness in agreeing to our request.

Thank you"

 

1 August 2011

The following is a letter of appreciation received by the Commanding Officer on 1 Aug 11 from the Vice Chairman of the Mass Casualty Training Workshop Rochelle Christopher-Mobray:


"The 2011 Mass Casualty Training workshop was successfully completed by 16 of the 22 participants. In addition to the large general field response on Sunday morning, all objectives were achieved.

On behalf of the Disaster Management Response Committee, I would like to take this opportunity to extend warm thanks to you for your assistance in this recently held Mass Casualty Management Course May 30th - June 5th, 2011. The facilities and equipment provided by you really helped us.

I would also like to especially thank you for the use of the facility for the overnight exercise on Saturday night and for the accommodation of our instructor Sergeant Delwin Ferguson.

Dr. Bascombe-Adams and I look forward to working with you again in future endeavours. We anticipate that this course will be repeated next year during the last week of May and tentative dates are May 28th - June 2nd, 2012. I would like to request that you reserve these dates for us and truly hope you will find it possible to help again in one capacity or another, as well as to enroll your officers in the course. I look forward to hearing from you.

Once again, thanks for your time, presence, commitment, dedication and assistance. We know you didn't have to, but you did!

Yours in preparedness"

 

28 April 2011

The following is a letter of appreciation received by the Commanding Officer from The Wor. Kenneth L Bascome J P, Mayor of St Georges on 28 Apr 11:

“On behalf of the Corporation of St. George, and myself as Mayor, I would like to express sincere appreciation to the units of the Bermuda regiment for providing the pomp and pageantry at our annual Peppercorn Ceremony on April 27th, 2011.

While the actual ceremony has become over many years an historical tradition, and we in St. George's are proud of our heritage, I am certain that the memory of the Peppercorn Ceremony for our visitors and locals alike is the presence of the Bermuda Regiment.

We were delighted, as always, with their outstanding performance, and they truly lived up to their reputation as being “the best in the World".

Please relay our gratitude and congratulations to everyone involved.

Yours Sincerely”

 

14 April 2011

The following is a letter of appreciation received by the Commanding Officer from The Hon. Dame Jennifer Smith, DBE, JP, DHumL, MP Minister of Education on 4 Apr 11:

“Dear Lt Col Gonsalves,

"No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.” James Allen. I write this letter to thank you for supporting our first Middle School Summit.

Your generosity ensured that our vision became a reality; The impact of the day cannot be underestimated; there was widespread support and I believe that many were influenced to make positive life choices.

As I look back on what took place on 1 April 2011, I am filled with joy and thanksgiving for your interest and for the enrichment that took place in the lives of our young people. The Middle School Summit was just the first step towards community renewal in the lives of our young people.

Thank you”

 

7 March 2011

The following letter of appreciation was received by the Commanding Officer from Andrew Rosindell M.P.:

“Thank you for your kind email of the 25th February and for your warmth of your welcome on my visit to the Bermuda Regiment.

It was a great pleasure to meet you and members of the Bermuda Regiment on my visit and I was delighted to receive the Bermuda Regiment tie and Coat of Arms.

I have read the concerns expressed in your email with great interest and will certainly be taking the issues forward with the Rt Hon Liam Fox M.P., Secretary of State for Defence.

You may be aware that I have already tabled a number of parliamentary questions on the subject of resource provision for the Bermuda Regiment here in London and will certainly discuss the sentiments raised in our meeting with my colleagues in the House of Commons.”

 

20 January 2011

The following is a letter of appreciation received from the Commanding Officer from Sheelagh Cooper and Nicola Feldman on behalf of the Coalition for the Protection of Children:

"On behalf of the Coalition for the Protection of Children, we would like to thank you for the generous donation given by the Bermuda Regiment.

With your support, the Coalition can continue in its efforts to heighten public awareness of children's issues and to advocate on behalf of them and their families. We are always in need for funding to enable us to provide vital services to support those less fortunate.

In addition to supporting the Coalition's advocacy work, the money donated by the Bermuda Regiment will help us fund our Breakfast for Every Child program, our food Storehouse for families in need and other support services such as empowerment courses, counseling and family planning, budgeting advice and mediation.

The Coalition is seeing a dramatic increase in families who need assistance, making the support of the community critically important. We thank you for doing your part by contributing to our efforts. Please convey our heartfelt thanks to your colleagues and committee members."

 

11 January 2011

The following letter of appreciation was received by the Commanding Officer from Colonel D J Lecce (Commanding Officer, USMC Base Camp Lejeune):

"Thank you for the Presentation of Colours program that you graciously sent to me. Your Regiment has a wonderful history and tradition.

I wish you, all ranks of your Regiment, and your Family all the best of this Holiday Season and our best wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year and I look forward to seeing you and your Regiment in 2011."

 

11 January 2011

The following letter of appreciation was received by the Commanding Officer from Vanessa Shorto on behalf of BIOS:

"Thank you most sincerely for allowing some of your men to assist with parking cars on Marine Science Day.
It is a very important thing for us to have reliable people organising that side of things as otherwise it can become chaotic!

Although we had to postpone the event until November when there were many other events on that day, the visitors who did come to BIOS had a wonderful day. It is a terrific family day out and everyone enjoyed themselves as well as learning a great deal.

Thank you very much for your continued support."

 

11 January 2011

The following is a letter received by the Commanding Officer from The Premier, The Hon Paula A. Cox JP, MP:

"It was a pleasure to participate in the various events linked to the Presentation of the Colours. The Bermuda Regiment was very impressive and showcased their outstanding form and precision of actions.
English poet John Keats said, "A thing of beauty is a joy forever" and the Regiment clearly was a thing of beauty throughout. It was an honour to participate.

I wish the Bermuda Regiment and you and yours a wonderful festive season."

 

11 January 2011

The following is a letter received by the Commanding Officer from HRH The Duchess of Gloucester:

"I send to the Bermuda Regiment my warmest good wishes for Christmas and the New Year."

 

11 January 2011

The following is a letter received by the Commanding Officer from The Lady-in-Waiting Lucinda Hanbury on behalf of HRH The Duchess of Gloucester:

"On behalf of The Duchess of Gloucester's office may we wish you a very Happy Christmas and send our good wishes to you all for a successful New Year.

2010 has been a busy year for this office, and one we have all enjoyed, working to the challenges being set to us all, not least in the present economic climate. We are well aware that many of you are facing challenges around the world, we think of you often.

Her Royal Highness has very much enjoyed the visits she has undertaken on behalf of her Regiments, Corps and Associations, and is so grateful to those whom she has not been able to visit, but have sent news of ongoing plans and forthcoming events, please do keep in touch."

 

7 December 2010

The following is a letter of appreciation received by the Commanding Officer from The Bishop of Bermuda, The Right Rev Patrick White B.A, M.Div, D.Min, D.D.:

"I wish to write my personal congratulations to you and the Regiment for the excellent parade at the Presentation of Colours Ceremony on Saturday. It made me proud as a Bermudian in the presence of Her Royal Highness, [The] Duchess of Gloucester. The weather which can be Bermuda's gift to us on these special occasions brought it to us in vivid, living colour.

I have some idea of the hours of practice it took to bring the entire [Regiment] to such a point. In this connection I want to say a particular word of thanks to Captain Gauntlett and RSM Lee who in personal and professional ways made me welcome and quite comfortable in a new and unique situation. Their efforts were topped off by the informative hospitality of Major Jones with whom we sat at table at the Colours Ball. Finally, I have to say how much my wife Elizabeth also appreciated the way in which she was greeted and seated upon arrival at the Ceremony. As on previous occasions, she was delighted to meet and chat with your wife at the Ceremony and later at the Ball. They seem to have hit it off.

Of course, it was personal privilege for me to do the consecration. I know that protocol dictates that it must be so but still I was happy to be the one who in this case had the honour. It was also a pleasure to be joined by my fellow men of faith Imam [Basim Muwwakkil] and Bishop Robert [Kurtz]. We live in an era when churches are learning to extend these opportunities beyond the narrow confines of one denomination and even one faith. Perhaps the next presentation will include speaking parts for all as well. I realize this will have to come from Buckingham Palace and neither you nor I will be on hand in our present capacities but it is quite likely there will be increased openness along these lines in the future.

All such speculations aside I will conclude by expressing my deep gratitude to you and the Regiment for making us proud and for offering your many other services to our island home.
God bless the Regiment and God bless the Queen."

 

7 December 2010

The following is a letter of appreciation received by the Commanding Officer from His Excellency, The Governor, Sir Richard Gozney, KCMG, CVO, KStJ:


"I left for London before I could thank you properly for all the work which you, Captain Dwight Robinson, the Adjutant and everyone else put into the Duchess of Gloucester's visit a week ago. The effort was huge, I know and the result faultless, (at least in the eyes of all the spectators in the stadium). I hope that you all felt it worthwhile.Thank you to for a good lunch at Warwick Camp on the Friday, and for an excellent dinner at the Ball on Saturday. [The] RSM deserves special appreciation and thanks for the Ball – not a straight swap business, I would see.

The turnout and publicity showed have helped the Regiment; it certainly showed how Bermuda likes to celebrate the British link every so often."

 

7 December 2010

The following is a letter of appreciation received by the Commanding Officer from The Lady-in-Waiting Lucinda Hanbury on behalf of HRH The Duchess of Gloucester:

"The Duchess of Gloucester has asked me to write and thank you and all members of the Regiment for the warm welcome you gave her in Bermuda.

Her Royal Highness was so delighted to be with you all and so proud as Colonel-in-Chief to be asked to present you with new Colours.

The Duchess is so grateful to you all for the beautiful broach presented in its enchanting box, during her visit to Warwick Camp on Friday. The very smart Regimental Shield will hang with pride and provide happy memories of a truly treasured few days.

Her Royal Highness is only too aware of the amount of work that went into the preparation for the visit and has asked me to send her thanks to everyone who in any way contributed to the success.

The Duchess was so pleased to have the opportunity to take the trip with the Boat Troop and was delighted to meet many of those serving and their families on Saturday evening at the Colours Ball.

This letter comes with Her Royal Highness's warmest good wishes to you all."

 

28 October 2010

The following is a letter received by the Commanding Officer from Commodore S Peter Shrub:

What a fantastic week of world class sailing we had during the Argo Group Gold Cup. We were delighted with the success of the event. The sailing was superb as a result of the excellent field of match racing teams and a week of beautiful weather. The sponsors, competitors, Organising Committee, RBYC associates and volunteers all did their part to ensure another excellent regatta. We were thrilled to have Argo Group back as the Title Sponsor for a third year.

This year's regatta had a field of the world's best skippers, with eight out of the twelve top ranked ISAF Match Racing sailors participating. Previous Gold Cup champions Ben Ainslie, Johnie Berntsson, Jesper Radich, Mathieu Richard, and Ian Williams returned to the regatta hoping for another win. The Finals racing came down to a battle between Olympic three time gold medalist Ben Ainslie from the UK and Jesper Radich from Denmark, with Ben Ainslie coming out victorious.

The Renaissance Reinsurance, Junior Gold Cup was also a major success and a very popular part of the overall schedule. The field consisted of 31 sailors from 14 countries. Three Bermudian sailors finished in the top with Sam Stan qualifying for the Optimist Worlds in December with his third place finish in the event.

The Family Festival of Sail was held for a third year in Barr's Bay Park on Sunday, 1 October. The Festival offered sails on 4208 and J105s, tours of the Bermuda Sloop, an in water boat show, fun castle, face painting, knot tying and other activities for families. Hundreds of people attended and we were excited to be able to have this opportunity to introduce the community to sailing and the Club.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, I would like to thank you for the support of your office in arranging for a bugler. Your contribution is greatly appreciated by all.


Best regards

 

20 October 2010

The following is a letter of appreciation received by the Commanding Officer from Brian Frick, Safety Officer of the Round the Sound Committee:

On behalf of the Round the Sound Committee, I write to express our sincere thanks to The Bermuda Regiment for the assistance of Boat Troop during yesterday's charity swim. This year saw a record field of 301 entrants, including 150 overseas swimmers arriving here for the event.

Despite challenging conditions of 25 knot winds and occasional rain, we were able to set a modified course in the (relatively) lee areas of Harrington Sound, providing the safest possible environment for our swimmers.

I am pleased to note that the event concluded safely, due in no small part to the professional approach of the members of Boat Troop, who maintained continuous patrols over the more exposed areas of the course. The expertise of WO2 Patterson was greatly appreciated and he and his men were quick to assist in any way asked. Given the conditions, I can safely say we would have had a very difficult time without them.

I must also comment on the very favourable reaction of our swimmers towards your men, beginning with their appearance at the Aquarium dock before the race, which quite impressed our visitors in particular. Throughout the day, race organizers heard several favourable comments on the appearance and professional demeanour of the crews. They are indeed a credit to the Regiment. and we were pleased to have them with us.

Again, we thank you for your assistance with this event and hope that we may be able to work with Boat Troop again during next year's race.

 

20 October 2010

The following is a letter of appreciation received by the Commanding Officer from Lt M A Lavery on behalf of the family of Peter J. C. Smith:

I wanted to write on behalf of the Smith family to pass along their thanks for the presence of the bugle at the funeral for Mr Peter J. C. Smith, MBE, JP. The bugle added a special touch to the service that moved Peter's wife, Pamela, to specifically seek me out to be sure I passed on her thanks to the Band and Corps of Drums for their professionalism and the pride that this brought to her family

Knowing that it was a fairly last minute request, and the issues surrounding availability, thank you to Capt. Robinson, WO2 Van-Lowe and Bandsman Ivan Young for their extra effort in this.

 

13 October 2010

The following is a phone call of appreciation received by the Adjutant Captain Gauntlett from Ms Dorothy Biers:

“Mr Simons (2Lt AWR Simons),

Ms Dorothy Biers phoned to say thank you for your assistance the other day, after she had her bike accident, and to thank you also for making sure she got home safely. She is extremely grateful. Well done”

 

13 October 2010

The following is a letter of appreciation received by the Training Officer from the Accountant General Joyce Hayward:

“Good Day Captain Wheddon,

I want to say THANK YOU for the assistance you and your team provided our office for our staff day Friday. We had a wonderful day and many commented on the appropriateness of the facility.

Mr (Sgt) Hunt was also very helpful and we sincerely appreciate you allowing him to provide assistance for that day.
Again on behalf of our entire office, thank you for taking the time to assist us, assign assistance and resources to us and allow us the use of the space on Friday.
Best regards”

 

23 September 2010


The following is a message from the Commanding Officer to all ranks of the Bermuda Regiment:

All,

I just wanted to express my sincere thanks to all who were embodied. You can be proud of what we did as a Regiment for Bermuda in time of need. Although our services were not required for a prolonged period, it was the speed at which we executed our assistance. Bermuda truly "dodged a bullet" I hope when you returned to your homes there was no major damage and you are able to "get back to normal" quickly.

For all those soldiers not embodied I appreciate you were packed and ready to go to serve your country. Thankfully Bermuda didn't require that 'surge. 

 

23 September 2010

The following is a letter of appreciation received by the Commanding Officer from His Excellency, The Governor, Sir Richard Gozney, KCMG:

The Regiment did very well, and caught the eye of many, which matters.Post-hurricane relief is the more interesting of the Regiment’s two main tasks, not often implemented here on Island (thank God). The Bermuda Regiment carried out that task expeditiously and with a light touch yesterday. I congratulate all involved.

 

17 June 2010

The following is a letter of appreciation received by the Commanding Officer, Training Officer and Colour Sergeant Woods from Rochelle Christopher-Mobray, Disaster, Occupational Safety & Health Manager, Bermuda Hospital Board:

The 2010 Mass Casualty Training workshop was successfully completed by 27 of the 34 participants. In addition to the large general field response on Sunday morning, all objectives were achieved.

I would also like to especially thank you for the use of the facility for the overnight exercise on Saturday night.
Dr Bascombe-Adams and I look forward to working with you again in future endeavours. …

Once again, thanks for your time, presence, commitment, dedication and assistance. We know you didn’t have to but you did.

Yours in preparedness

 

17 June 2010

The following is a letter of appreciation received by the Commanding Officer from Anthony W Santucci, Chairman of CADA:


On Behalf of the board and staff of CADA – Encouraging Responsible Alcohol Behaviour, we would like to sincerely thank you for helping to make our Proclamation Ceremony Event, to launch April as Alcohol Awareness Month, huge success. To view videos and photos of this event please visit www.cada.bm/index.php/events/info/alcohol_awareness_month_successfully_launched_on_march_30_2010.

Your partnership is deeply appreciated by all at CADA, we hope we can continue to partner with you going forward.

With most sincere regards

 

13 May 2010

The following is a letter of appreciation received by the Commanding Officer from The Worshipful Kenneth Bascome, JP, Mayor of St. George:


On behalf of the Corporation of St. George, and myself as Mayor, I would like to express sincere appreciation to the units of the Bermuda Regiment for providing the pomp and pageantry at our annual Peppercorn Ceremony on April 21, 2010.

While the actual ceremony has become over many years an historical tradition, and we in St. George‟s are proud of our heritage, I am certain that the memory of the Peppercorn Ceremony for our visitors and locals alike is the presence of the Bermuda Regiment.

We were delighted, as always, with their outstanding performance, and they truly lived up to their reputation as being "the best in the World".

Please relay our gratitude and congratulations to everyone involved.

 

13 May 2010

The following is a letter of appreciation received by the Commanding Officer from Rev. Ruth D. VanLowe Smith JP:

“Greetings in the precious name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus, the Christ.

On behalf of Rev. & Mrs. Malcolm L. Eve, and the retirement committee, allow me to express my sincerest gratitude to you and members of the Regiment Band who provided their services at the [Retirement Celebrations for Rev, & Mrs. Malcolm L. Eve]. The evening was a resounding success of which your organization played a vital part. Thank you for your ministry in music, our hearts were truly blessed.”

 

13 May 2010

The following is a letter of appreciation received by the Commanding Officer from Col John Rouse, Assistant Military Attaché:

This is just a short note to pass on my sincere thanks to you and those members of your Regiment who made my brief visit to your Regiment in Jamaica such a success. It really was a worthwhile and rewarding experience for me.

The visit was very well conceived as it allowed me to get a very good feeling of exactly what the exercise was about, and to meet the officers, NCOs and other ranks and discuss what they thought. I also very much appreciated the opportunity to meet and chat with your other distinguished visitors.

The overall impression that I have gained of the value of the training is most positive – it was well planned and professionally executed. And the soldiers that I spoke to were well motivated and seemed to be gaining a great deal from the experience.

It is clear that such well planned training and visits require a great deal of hard work by the complete team. It would be impossible for me to mention everyone by name – all that I can ask is that you pass on my sincere thanks to all concerned for their significant efforts, and to congratulate them for a job well done.

My visits to your Regiment are always worthwhile and the latest is no exception. I therefore look forward to my next occasion.

 

13 May 2010

The following is a letter of appreciation received by the Commanding Officer from His Excellency, Sir Richard Gozney, KCMG:

The Regiment gave me an excellent weekend in Jamaica. I found it the most impressive and encouraging of the three Annual Camps which I have visited, partly because you Julian [Capt J H Wheddon] and the others seemed to have put together a programme which motivated and enthused your conscripts. The grumpiness sometimes evident was well buried!

Please pass my warm thanks to the Adjutant and RSM, of course to the Training Officer and to George [Maj G N H Jones], and equally warm thanks to you.

I hope the exercise went well. I have no doubt that R & R is going well.

 

5 February 2010

The following is a letter of appreciation received by the Commanding Officer from Helen M. Wicks:

I am writing to thank you for your generous donation in the amount of $3,537.54. The funds for the Haiti Appeal will be sent to the British Red Cross and will be used to purchase immediate relief supplies. Red Cross humanitarian workers are on the ground carrying out a variety of activities: search and rescue operations, providing first aid care to survivors, distribution of water, family and medical kits and tent and shelter kits, communications and logistical support and the building of latrines.

We are very grateful for your support and thank you again for making a difference for vulnerable people in Haiti.